4 Common Dryer Problems and Solutions

It’s your favorite day of the week – laundry day! You put your first
load of wash in the dryer and later realize…you have a problem. Usually,
there is a quick fix, but sometimes these common dryer problems require
the services of an

Problem #1: The outside of the dryer is hot but not the inside.

First, check if you over-loaded your dryer with clothes…if that doesn’t
seem like an issue, check these following parts of your dryer:

  • Lint Trap

Check your lint trap to make sure the holes in the mesh aren’t blocked.Tip:
you should be cleaning your lint trap after every cycle. Every once in
awhile you should also clean it with soap and water.

  • Vent

Check your vent to see if it is blocked. A vent can be obstructed by numerous
things (even birds nests)!

  • Vent Hose

Just like your vent, your vent hose can be blocked very easily. If you
notice this problem and can fix it yourself, great! If not, we suggest
hiring a technician to help. Tip: consider buying a vent hose made of
metal…it helps prevent blockage!

Problem #2: The dryer never heats up

If there is no heat coming from the outside or inside of your dryer – check
your dryer settings. The temperature, timer, and fabric selection all
play a crucial role in proper dryer operations.

Next, check your breakers. Your dryer is connected to two fuses – make
sure both are working properly.

Problem #3: The dryer isn’t tumbling

If the drum isn’t spinning, but the dryer is on, it could be the
dryer belt. Normally, you can hear the motor running if the dryer belt
is the problem – if you hear a buzzing sound, the problem may be that
the motor has seized. If either of these parts are broken, a professional
is required to replace the parts.

Problem #4:The dryer won’t turn on

Accidentally, someone could unplug important wires for dryers to properly
function. Check that everything is plugged in and the breakers work.

If you’re getting ready for all the loads of fun (pun intended) on
your laundry day and recognize a problem needed for a professional, call
the experts at
Uptown Plumbing, Heating and Cooling! We’ve been serving the Twin Cities – St. Paul area for over 100
years so you know you can count on us!

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